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Central Pulse to host pre-season tournament

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 1:15 pm | Central Pulse

All six teams involved in next year’s inaugural ANZ Premiership netball competition will attend a pre-season tournament on March 10-12 at the Te Wānanga o Raukawa campus in Otaki, north of Wellington. More >>

New children’s books reveal the true genius of bugs

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 12:53 pm | Te Papa Press

When Te Papa’s blockbuster science exhibition Bug Lab opens on 10 December, two fascinating new children’s books will back up the science behind it. They unveil recent discoveries about the super-sized powers of some of the world’s most astounding ... More >>

Mad Mike's Summer Bash set for Hampton Downs

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 12:50 pm | Hampton Downs

Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, Mazda and New Zealand drift superstar ‘Mad Mike’ Whiddett have joined forces to bring you the biggest drift event of 2017 – Mad Mike’s Summer Bash! More >>

Big increase in lifejacket sales a good sign for summer

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 12:46 pm | Maritime New Zealand

Nation-wide retailer, Rebel Sport, has doubled its sales of lifejackets in the first week of the month, and Coastguard sold 300 lifejackets in the first weekend of its “Old4New” promotion. More >>

Topp Twins the top act for 80th Wanaka A&P Show

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 12:46 pm | Wanaka A and P Show

Adored Kiwi entertainers the Topp Twins have been announced as one of the major drawcards for next year’s Wanaka A&P Show. More >>

TYPE 1 Diabetes riders to contest the 2017 NZCT

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 12:29 pm | NZCT New Zealand Cycle Classic

A professional cycling team made up of riders who all have Type 1 diabetes will make its first appearance in January’s New Zealand Cycle Classic, a UCI 2.2 five-stage race held entirely in the Wairarapa. More >>

Day two wrapped up for NZL sailors

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 12:18 pm | Yachting New Nealand

The Sailing World Cup Final in Melbourne is well underway with New Zealand sailors competing across seven of the fleets. More >>

Orchestra Wellington Appoints New Concertmaster

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 12:17 pm | Orchestra Wellington

Amalia Hall has been chosen to lead Orchestra Wellington as its concertmaster. Orchestra Wellington Music Director Marc Taddei says Hall is a major young star in New Zealand’s musical life, and one whose gifts have already brought her international acclaim. More >>

Kiwis: Trump would be the worst Santa Claus

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 12:12 pm | Colmar Brunton

He may be Time Magazine’s Person of the year but Kiwis think Donald Trump would be the worst Santa Claus according to Colmar Brunton’s 2016 Christmas survey. More >>

2016 Quote of the Year finalists announced

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 12:09 pm | Massey University

From Prime Minister John Key’s shock farewell speech to Dylan Kelly’s fond memories of his late mother, 2016 has thrown up plenty of opportunities for Kiwis to say memorable things. More >>

Alien Weaponry to open for Aussie hellraisers Airbourne

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 12:05 pm | The Rock FM

Airbourne are taking Kiwi teen metallers Alien Weaponry on the road with them when they tour New Zealand early next year. Presented by The Rock FM , Australia’s raucous rockers Airbourne (Joel O’Keeffe, Ryan O’Keeffe, David Roads and Justin Street) ... More >>

Young Thug joins the Laneway Festival line-up

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 11:48 am | Laneway Festival

The Laneway Festival is psyched to announce that Atlanta’s visionary and enigmatic rapper Young Thug will join the line-up for Australia and New Zealand. More >>

It’s a Christmas Cracker at Puhinui Int'l Three Day Event

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 11:37 am | Puhinui International 3 Day Event

On December 9, 10 and 11, Auckland’s Puhinui Reserve will become the temporary home for over 170 horses from all over New Zealand as they compete in the Puhinui International Three Day Event. This hotly contested event is one of only three held ... More >>

Conroy Ready to Bounce Back at Taupo

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 11:34 am | Jamie Conroy Motorsport

Invercargill driver Jamie Conroy is ready to bounce back at Round 2 of the BNT NZ Touring Car Championship at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park at Taupo this weekend. More >>

Suzuki Series Hangs in the Balance

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 11:32 am | Suzuki New Zealand

Pole position at Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon on Sunday could decide who wins the 2016 Suzuki Series. More >>

City Choir Dunedin concert Fri Dec16 at 7:30pm

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 11:07 am | City Choir Dunedin

City Choir Dunedin presents JS Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at Dunedin Town Hall on Friday, December 16, at 7.30pm. David Burchell conducts City Choir, the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra and soloists Lois Johnston (soprano), Claire Barton (mezzo-soprano), Iain ... More >>

'Max and Bella and friends' voted Visitor Favourite

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 5:23 pm | Sculpture OnShore

'Max and Bella and friends’ by Bernie Harfleet and Donna Turtle Sarten. Photo Credit: Janet Jones More >>

2017 Downer NRL Auckland Nines team jerseys revealed

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 4:41 pm | NRL Auckland Nines

NRL clubs today revealed their playing strip for the first Rugby League tournament in 2017 – the Downer NRL Auckland Nines. More >>

Rough start to the climbing season

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 4:12 pm | NZ Mountain Safety Council

Mountain Safety Council (MSC) CEO Mike Daisley said that MSC and the climbing community are deeply saddened and concerned by the recent mountaineering and climbing incidents, one of which was fatal. More >>

Native forest charity will make Christmas trees last forever

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 3:33 pm | Native Forest Restoration Trust

The Native Forest Restoration Trust is calling on people to celebrate this festive season with one of its ‘tree-mendous’ gift ideas – and help regenerate New Zealand’s precious natural habitats. More >>

Brendon Leitch Secures TRS Budget

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 2:41 pm | Brendon Leitch

Five weeks out from the start of the 2017 Toyota Racing Series, Invercargill driver Brendon Leitch has the luxury of knowing he will be on the start line along with many of the up and coming stars of world motorsport when the series gets underway ... More >>

Whangaparaoa Equestrian Charity Celebrates Successful Year

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 2:01 pm | Equestrian 4 Everyone

Equestrian 4 Everyone will be celebrating the end of another successful year at their annual Christmas Ribbon Day on Sunday 18th December. The charity event will host special guest Hibiscus & Bays Local Board Deputy Chair Janet Fitzgerald, along ... More >>

Strong start for NZL 49er teams at Sailing World Cup Final

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 1:46 pm | Yachting New Zealand

The first day of racing for the Sailing World Cup Final in Melbourne kicked off today with 17 New Zealander’s competing across seven classes from the St Kilda Sailing Precinct. More >>

Karting sisters competing in Macau this weekend

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 1:15 pm | KartSport New Zealand

Kiwi karting sisters Madeline and Ashleigh Stewart from Wellington are in Macau this week, preparing to compete at the annual CIK-FIA Asia-Pacific KZ Championship meeting this weekend. More >>

Young finishes APRC with a podium

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 1:14 pm | Mike Young Motorsport

New Zealanders Mike Young and co-driver Malcolm finished their FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship season with an excellent second place at a very tough and torturous India Rally. More >>

ProCare gifts more than $200,000 to Charitable Foundation

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 1:11 pm | Pro Care

ProCare gifts more than $200,000 to ProCare Charitable Foundation ProCare has gifted $227,400 to the ProCare Charitable Foundation to help further its work promoting health and well-being of disadvantaged communities across Auckland. More >>

Creative projects in vacant spaces bring cities to life

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 1:08 pm | Urban Dream Brokerage

2016 saw strong economic recovery in cities and towns across New Zealand. But there remain plenty of vacant spaces and a need to make sure that town and city centres represent local culture and diversity, says Mark Amery. More >>

Blast from the past

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 1:03 pm | NZ Festival of Motor Racing

The countdown is on for the New Zealand Festival of Motor Racing which will be held at Hampton Downs from January 20-22. This year the festival celebrates one of the legends of New Zealand motorsport, the great Kenny Smith, who at the age of 75 is ... More >>

Fundraising Print for Takahanga Marae Kaikoura

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 1:02 pm | Artisan Screen Prints

Wellington screen printer Tom Lynch of Artisan Screen Prints has a longstanding friendship and working relationship with local Kaikoura artist Matt Moriarty. Together they have produced a limited edition screen print for Kaikoura to fundraise for the Takahanga ... More >>

International Mountain Day: NZ's must-see mountains

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 12:49 pm | Tourism New Zealand

The first International Mountain Day was celebrated worldwide on 11 December 2003. Every year, Mountain Day creates awareness of the importance of mountains to life and pays tribute to their incredible natural formations. More >>

New Zealand's top 10 Instagram spots in 2016

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 12:47 pm | Tourism New Zealand

Instagram have released New Zealand's top ten spots to snap a 'gram. The top spots are based on the number of images geo-tagged to specific locations and compared to 2015's list there are some new and some classic additions. More >>

New artistic staff for national choirs

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 12:16 pm | Choirs Aotearoa NZ Trust

Dr Karen Grylls has been re-appointed as Artistic Director for Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir (VOICES) and The New Zealand Youth Choir (NZYC) while newcomer and Wellingtonian Michael Stewart was appointed as NZYC’s new Deputy Music Director. More >>

New Artists Join Raggamuffin X Line-up

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 12:15 pm | Ragamuffin Festival

Bob Marley’s son Julian Marley and Jamaican reggae fusion artist Diana King have joined the pure reggae line-up for Raggamuffin X – the tenth anniversary of New Zealand’s premier reggae festival. More >>

Tash Sultana Announces New Zealand Tour in May 2017

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 11:27 am | CRS Management

After an EPIC 2016 with sold out shows around the world, Tash Sultana is excited to announce a New Zealand tour for 2017, playing Christchurch, Wellington and returning to Auckland in May. More >>

Commentator holds hope for a local win

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 11:07 am | World Shearing Champs

Norm Harraway. Even if you don’t know his name, by the end of the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in Invercargill in February, you will definitely know his voice. More >>

The future of innovation in the culture sector showcased

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 11:05 am | Te Papa

At Te Papa’s Mahuki showcase last night, nine teams of innovators unveiled business propositions that deliver digital solutions to challenges faced by Te Papa and other cultural service providers across New Zealand and the world. More >>

The Classic Comedy Club presents Ha!

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 10:33 am | Elephant Publicity

NZ’s home of live comedy, The Classic continues its 20th Anniversary Year celebrations with the launch of Ha! This brand new mini Mid-Summer Comedy Fest runs from Fri 27 Jan to Mon 6 Feb 2017 , book ended by the two long weekends. Ha! offers audiences ... More >>

Story of German submarine’s NZ visit recognised

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 10:14 am | Massey University

Family of a Gisborne man fascinated by Nazi Germany’s most distant war patrol into New Zealand waters in 1945 presented his book investigating this little-known slice of WW II war history to Massey University’s Manawatū library this week. More >>

From New York to the South Pole: producing TEDxScottBase

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 10:06 am | Ara Institute

When experts and celebrities gather for the first ever Antarctic TEDx event hosted by a government research station in January, they will be relying on the technical acumen of pretty much one man. More >>

Leila Adu ‘Love Cells’ Aotearoa Tour Announcement

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 4:25 pm | Leila Adu

Earlier this year, Brooklyn-based, New Zealand Ghanaian musician Leila Adu premiered the music video for her new song 'Love Cells' via Afropunk. Afropunk describe it as a psychedelic rock track " all about universal love, and the inherently spiritual ... More >>

Whibley Wins Final Round of His Own Series

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 4:22 pm | Bikesport NZ

DECEMBER 6, 2016: The temptation to ride the final round of his own series was just too great for Manawatu's Paul Whibley and the Yamaha star comfortably won the day as the NZXC cross-country series wrapped up on Sunday. More >>

Millennials Vote YEAH for John Key’s Resignation

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 4:18 pm | YeahNah

Overnight the millennials of the nation have spoken following Prime Minister John Key’s resignation with over 98% supporting his move to step down – even from those that back National. More >>

International Fringe Favourite Comes to NZ

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 3:37 pm | Elephant Publicity

Following award-winning seasons at the 2015 Melbourne Fringe and Adelaide Fringe We May Have to Choose makes its New Zealand debut at the Auckland Fringe from 21-25 February before heading to NZ Fringe in Wellington from 2-11 March 2017. More >>

Mediaworks Radio to Launch ‘Rova’ Digital Audio Programme

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 2:06 pm | Mediaworks

MediaWorks has today announced its new digital audio streaming platform rova will go live in January 2017. More >>

NZ Secondary Schools Netball team coaching staff announced

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 1:15 pm | Netball New Zealand

Mary-Jane Araroa and Charissa Barham will lead the New Zealand Secondary Schools (NZSS) Netball team in 2017 as head coach and assistant coach, respectively. More >>

Wildcard Latham joins Messam and Speight in committing

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 1:08 pm | Brisbane Global Rugby Tens


Buskers Enliven the Waterfront Auckland Anniversary Weekend

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 12:22 pm | Elephant Publicity

Auckland International Buskers Festival 2017 27 – 30 January Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour and CBD Waterfront More >>

Minecraft tutorials available in Te Reo for 'Hour of Code'

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 12:16 pm | Microsoft New Zealand

Microsoft partners with local technology and education groups to translate new ‘Hour of Code’ Minecraft coding tutorials into Māori language for Computer Science Education Week More >>

Win VIP package to see All Blacks V British & Irish Lions

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 12:13 pm | Travel Insurance

Kiwi travel insurer (TINZ) has just launched a new competition for their customers to win the ultimate VIP package to go to the NZ Lions Series 2017. More >>

UB40 announce New Zealand shows

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 11:28 am | NicNak Media

The UK’s most successful reggae band, UB40 , is returning to New Zealand in November 2017, playing all their hits and more! More >>

Centenarian drives herself to hair appointments at EIT

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 11:21 am | Eastern Institute of Technology

Recently turned 101, Valda Colwill routinely drives from her Hastings home to have her hair permed and set by hairdressing students at EIT. More >>

Mobil invests to help keep Kiwi kids safe

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 11:02 am | Mobil Oil New Zealand

Mobil Oil New Zealand Limited (Mobil) today welcomed the launch of an innovative new project that aims to keep Kiwi children safe in their homes. More >>

Burger King still can’t say no to Joseph Parker

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 10:56 am | Burger King

Burger King New Zealand is backing Joseph Parker all the way on the road to the WBO heavyweight title by committing to $2 Whoppers this Sunday. Parker fights Mexican Andy Ruiz at Auckland’s Vector Arena on Saturday 10 December 2016. To mark this ... More >>

Nitro World Games 2017 Date Announced

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 10:53 am | Nitro Circus Live

(LOS ANGELES – Monday 5 December, 2016) After making headlines in its 2016 debut with electrifying feats and an unprecedented amount of world firsts, Nitro World Games will raise the bar even higher next year. Created by action sports icon Travis ... More >>

Mister Hamilton: No pretence. No bullshit. Fine poem.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 10:22 am | Vaughan Rapatahana

John Dickson doesn’t publish much; never has. Indeed, this new collection is his first such in 18 years. As he wryly and dryly states, I’ve published two slim volumes, and spent all My time working on the next. (from Wasp p.67) More >>

Baking Industry Association Sells $500 Pie for Charity

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 10:15 am | Baking Industry Association

The Baking Industry Association’s, “Christmas Mince Pies for Charity,” auction closed at midnight last night, with closing bids climbing into the hundreds of dollars for each batch of pies. More >>

Greenslade Has a Shocker But Wins NZXC Series

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 9:46 am | Bikesport NZ

DECEMBER 5, 2016: Every cloud has a silver lining, or so the saying goes, and that's probably the way Auckland's Sam Greenslade will be looking at his weekend. More >>

Introducing.... Mitch James

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 9:17 am | Sony Music

We are very excited to introduce you to a brand new local artist, Mitch James, a 21-year old Kiwi who is about to take the country by storm with his debut single Move On set for release on December 9. More >>

IRONMĀORI coming to Taupō

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 9:10 am | Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board

The Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board is delighted to confirm it has secured the iconic IRONMĀORI event to be held in Taupō next year. More >>

Countdown to the AON Youth World Sailing Championships

Monday, 5 December 2016, 5:27 pm | Yachting New Nealand

Waiake Beach on Auckland’s North Shore will be transformed into a vibrant sailing race village as hundreds of young sailors from across the globe converge in New Zealand for the 2016 Aon Youth World Sailing Championships from 14-20 December. More >>


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